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IowaWORKS ~ North Iowa
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IowaWORKS ~ North Iowa,
600 South Pierce Avenue,
Mason City, Iowa.

The Workforce Development Partnership is offering career planning workshops and services each month. There is no fee, pre-registration is required. For more information on any of our workshops, please call 641 422-1524, Ext 44521, you'll be glad you did!

JOB FAIRS at IowaWORKS
600 South Pierce Avenue, Mason City, IA

WS Live Informational Meeting
When:  August 27:  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about WS Live and their full-time and part-time positions.

Diamond Jo Casino
When: Sept 15 and Sept 29:  12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Learn more about great opportunities, company benefits, application tips and more.

Jo-Ann Fabrics
When:  August 25, August 28 and August 29:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We currently have great temporary-permanent full and part time opportunities in our NEW Mason City location.  Pervious retail experience is a plus but not necessary.  For immediate consideration please apply online at:
www.joann.com/careers  and join us at our hiring event.

NIACC FALL 2014
Career & Training Fair

Where:  Charles City NIACC Center
When:   September 2:  4:00 to 7:00 PM

For more information click
Fall 2014 Career & Training Fair Flyer

NEW! Customer Service Strategies
Sept 3: 1:00 to 4:00 PM or
Sept 30, Oct 23:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This 3 hour class will discuss the 15 customer service skills that every employee needs and that every employer wants their sales/customer service individuals to have.  We will view a customer service training video and more. . .

Building On Your First Resume
Aug 19, Sept 11, Sept 23, Oct 2, Nov 13 or
Dec 4:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed to take your basic resume from the IowaJobs website (www.iowajobs.org) or a completed resume worksheet to create a more professional resume on a Word template document. If you have very limited computer skills, attendance at The Amazing Computer workshop is a pre-requisite. Please complete a resume worksheet prior to class or bring a copy of your basic resume from the IowaJobs website. Bring a flash/thumb drive so you can save your new resume!

Keyboarding 101
Do you wish you could type faster or not have to look at the keyboard? This class is for you! This self-paced workshop offers typing tutoring and provides the user with typing practice. Attendees will progress through units designed to help beginners with the basics as well as help professionals improve their speed and accuracy.
Call 641 422-1524 Ext 44514 for dates and times.

Second Chances
October 14 to 17:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This 4 day workshop helps job seekers who struggle with a less-than-perfect past learn how to effectively job search, write personal statements to address criminal convictions, prioritize goals, and answer difficult questions on applications and during interviews.

Successful Job Fairs & Hiring Events
Date and Times to be Announced

Job fairs can be an amazing opportunity for connecting with potential employers – the outcome depends on you! During this session we will discuss how to greet and engage in conversation with perspective employers, selling your skills and strengths with a few brief statements, importance of appearance and preparedness plus a great handshake and gratitude, etc. Take advantage of this fabulous workshop focusing on successfully networking with employers!

Network News
Aug 20, Sept 29 or Oct 20:  1:30 to 2:30 PM

Latest and hottest job opportunities, networking with fellow job seekers, facilitated by an Employment Training Specialist and an occasional guest employer are what you can expect from this 1 hour open roundtable class. Learn from a multitude of sources to help with your job searches.

Effective Employment Applications ~ Paper and Online
Sept 12 or Oct 3:  9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

During this interactive workshop participants will discuss steps and tips for completing effective paper and online applications. Topics include having a master application, pre-application research, developing references, addressing challenging questions, etc. Group will also view an online application(s) while reviewing common questions about completing.

Six Step Overview ~ RES
Each Monday and Wednesday of the month:
1:00 to 4:00 PM

This workshop provides an overview of the services IowaWorks provides and the Six Step Curriculum. Preregistration is required.

Step 1 ~ Maintaining a Positive Attitude: 
Sept 2, Oct 7, Nov 18 or Dec 9:  9:30 to 11:30 AM

Strategies to maintain a positive mental attitude during periods of dramatic change. Identify Externally Imposed versus Self-Directed change and the responsibility to choose our response. (2 hour session)

Step 2 ~ Designing Your Future
Sept 16, Oct 1, Nov 18 or Dec 9:
12:30 to 2:30 PM

Discussion on Job Myths vs. Beliefs. Learning to plan, recognize and cultivate your uniqueness. (2 hour session)

Step 3 ~ What’s Hot? Employment Trends
Oct 8, Nov 19 or Dec 10: 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Sept 2: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Review ihaveaplaniowa.gov. Review the generated occupation list. Explore careeronestop.org and browse job information. Be up-to-date on industry trends. (2 hour session)

Step 4 ~ Creating a Great Resume
Aug 28: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sept 17 or Oct 8: 12:30 - 3:00 PM

Identifying your strengths, learning self promotion and how to quantify your accomplishments. Selecting the resume that is right for you. Chronological vs. Functional Resumes. (2 hour session)

Step 5 ~ Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies
Sept 18, Nov 20 or Dec 11:
9:30 to 11:30 AM
Oct 2: 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies. Effective vs. non-effective. Using your strengths/preferences to target organizations. Internet research, networking, social networking sites. Top 10 Jobs. (2 hour session)

Step 6 ~ Interviewing & Negotiating Tips to Land the Job:
Sept 18 or Oct 9: 12:30 to 3:00 PM Sept 4: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Aug 18: 1:30 to 4:00 PM

Preparing for the interview. Researching the company. Discuss the importance of practicing and/or using Interview Stream. What to bring to an interview. Setting goals for the interview. (2 hour session)

IowaWORKS Orientation
Oct 23: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
TBA: 9:30 to 10:30 AM
Sept 23: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Oct 1: 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Feel overwhelmed when you walk in our doors? Let us help you get acquainted with what we have to offer and how to access what you need! During this informational session we will review all of the FREE services offered at IowaWORKS. We will also discuss the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, eligibility criteria, and the steps to request individual services. Attending this orientation is required for all interest in possibly accessing WIA services.

Intro to PACE
Times and dates to be announced
This is a brief overview of the PACE program including who may be eligible, what services are provided and explaining career pathways.

Ticket-to-Work Info Session
Sept 5 or Oct 9: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Aug 27 or Oct 21: 10:00 to 11:00 AM or
Sept 25:  9:30 to 10:30 AM
Learn about all the great services and programs available at IowaWORKS that can assist you in obtaining employment by participation in the Ticket-to-Work program.

Interview Stream – Give Yourself a Competitive Edge:
Interviewed lately??? Want to be more prepared and confident in communicating your skills and experiences to a potential employer? Interview Stream is a web-based video interview tool that gives participants an opportunity to practice most common and industry specific interview questions. Individuals may review their recorded interview(s) and send interview to an IowaWORKS team member for feedback. Online interview tutorial also available. Contact our Skills Team to schedule an appointment.

The Amazing Computer
Sept 9, Oct 3, Oct 21: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Aug 28, Sept 22: 1:00 to 4:00 PM

This four hour workshop is for those with little or no computer experience and is an excellent introduction for the true beginner.
Bring a flash/thumb drive to class.

Career Ready 101
Internet-based training program designed to help you prepare for the Nation Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) of for continuous personal growth. See any IowaWORKS representative to set up an account for this self-paced training program that is accessible from any computer with Internet access.

National Career Readiness Certificate Testing (NCRC)
Each day employers receive stacks of applications for only a handful of positions. With the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, you can prove you're the most skilled for the job. The Certification is the work-related credential. Whether you're looking for a job or wanting to enhance your diploma or resume, the Certificate provides proof of your job skills that you can use with employers nationwide.

NCRC is a series of 3 Internet-based assessments. No phones, backpacks, electronic devices or personal calculators will be permitted. Proctor provides calculator, pencil, paper and earplugs if needed.

For more information and to schedule your assessment, please call our skills team.

Click for a list of local employers who support NCRC

IowaWorks ~ North Iowa has a skills development area available year-round.
Our hours of service are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Staff is available to direct customers to computer software, publications and Internet sites that can help you research careers, schools, communities and obtain information regarding current workforce trends.

 

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